Current Exhibitions

Paradise Park Remembered: Photographs by Bruce Mozert and others

January 23-April 24, 2016

Paradise Park was a segregated Florida attraction opened in 1949 by the owners of Silver Springs, the state’s oldest attraction, and operated by an African-American staff until 1969. Based on a recently-published book co-authored by Lu Vickers and Cynthia Wilson-Graham,this exhibition features approximately 100 photographs taken by former Silver Springs staff photographer Bruce Mozert, Paradise Park memorabilia and snapshots loaned from private collectors and Marion County Black Archives.

Funding for this program was provided through a grant from the Florida Humanities Council with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this exhibition do not necessarily represent those of the Florida Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Journey into Imagimation: 100 Years of Animation from Around the World

January 16-April 10, 2016

Imagimation includes more than 130 pieces celebrating the past 100 years of animation, an art that continues to evolve. This extensive exhibition presents a full range of animation techniques, from the groundbreaking traditional animation of Gertie the Dinosaur, created by American Winsor McCay in 1914, through today's many digitally supported animation productions and applications.

Imagimation is culled from the collection of The Animation Hall of Fame Inc., founded in 2010 by animation professionals, collectors and historians Nancy and Hal Miles. Encompassing several thousand pieces, the collection covers all the styles, techniques and many international artists throughout the history of animation and represents the Miles' 30-year animation collecting passion.

Organized by Nancy and Hal Miles from the Nancy and Hal Miles Collection; exhibition tour management by Landau Traveling Exhibitions.

Patrick Dougherty: Stickwork

January 16-April 17, 2016

In late January, the Appleton welcomes Patrick Dougherty for a three-week residency, during which he will build a site-specific, outdoor sculpture on the museum grounds. Dougherty is renowned for his unusual and dynamic work built with tree branches and saplings. During the anticipated two years that the sculpture will stand before it decomposes into the landscape, it will be a part of the museum’s outdoor Sculpture Walk and Garden. Also on display from January 16-April 17, a selection of drawings, video and photo documentation of the artist’s past projects.

The Appleton is seeking dedicated, volunteer assistance from individuals, groups or organizations to assist the artist with the construction of the Stickwork sculpture from February 1-19, 2016. For more information, click here.

Artist Talk with Patrick Dougherty
Thursday, February 18, 6-7:30 p.m.

This free event is open to the public.

Art of the Ancient World


The Appleton presents a selection from our permanent collection of antiquities. The antiquities collection includes more than 900 pieces, collected by Arthur Appleton and gifted by several other generous donors. Art of the Ancient World includes fine examples of Egyptian, Greek and Roman works along with others from neighboring ancient civilizations.